Wedding Limos & Transportation Options
When deciding on transportation options, you need to think of transportation for you and your bridal party and transportation... More
OK, guys, listen up. There are a lot of articles here on WeddingVenture.com for brides - this one is for you. While it may be interesting for the brides who tend to "advise" their husbands-to-be, I hope it's you who can really pick up some ideas here.
First, what constitutes a tuxedo? When you are selecting a tuxedo for the wedding, the tuxedo will include two parts: (1) a black jacket with satin or grosgrain lapels, and (2) trousers that usually have a silken stripe along the sides. They are, as you would expect, most often - but not always - sold in pairs to match.
Let's chat about selecting the tux the wrong way. Let's call it "how to waste a lot of time." Most grooms did it - went around looking for wedding tuxedos in the standard "tux rental shops" just to find that those options are either used, limited in options or offer "standard sizes" that totally don't fit. If you still want to try this option, instead of Googling for "tux shop near [city], [state]," go to a large premium mall nearby. In the Greater Seattle area, an example would be Bellevue Square mall. Walk around and see if you see anything interesting in the stores - not those large chain stores like JC Penny, but the small ones.
Now let's pick out something that fits perfectly. When you show photos of your wedding to your grandchildren many years from now, you'd know you had the tux that sat perfectly on you - and that'd be visible on the photos.
So how do you find a place that is not the kind of the "standard tux rental shop," which carries a limited selection of complete tux/suit sets? Look for a larger shop with a few more (dozens of) options.
In general, pick a shop with a professional tailor on staff. To test if the shop is good for what you need is to pop in at 5:30 PM on a workday and see if the tailor is present there at that time. A decent shop won't go without a tailor being present at all times.
Tailors will not only make something fit you if you really like it, but they will teach you many tricks and explain many different things.
In our experience, you usually have two main options.
I, of course, do not expect that you'll start looking at the suits until the last moment before the wedding, but if you can find time, start looking early - such companies' websites do have a bunch of rotating deals, so allow yourself plenty of time to snatch the best of the deals.
When you're selecting a tuxedo, make two-three trips, and always bring a friend, for example, your best man, to the fitting session. Have the friend take plenty of photos of you in different suits and tuxedos. Go home and look through these options before you make a decision. You will often see things that you might not see in the fitting rooms - like whether the length looks right from afar, whether you'll realistically be able to sit down comfortably, etc.